We stare into lenses and lie, if only a little, so that the record shows we were there, enjoying or not enjoying ourselves, in precisely the way we’d prefer it.

Big Contrarian

A beautiful, touching post about holding on to what is important, and letting the rest just fall away.

I’ve always been a collector. I love photographs. I compulsively capture links to sites I visit, in case they might be lost forever. I fill up my Instapaper account with articles I will never have the time to read. The thought of clicking “Mark all as read” when I am deeply in debt to my RSS reader gives me anxiety. What if I miss something?

So I click, I scroll, I link, I “like”. I skim over an endless sea of other people’s lives, rarely diving deep enough to find the treasure.